Canadian Music Hall of Fame 1990


Maureen Forrester


Canadian Music Hall of Fame



Before Celine or Shania, Canada had its own diva in the form of opera star Maureen Forrester.

Born of Scottish-Irish descent in a working-class French-speaking Montreal neighbourhood in 1930, Forrester sang in choirs as a child and studied the piano. She dropped out of school at age 13 to help pay for singing lessons by working as a secretary at Bell Canada. (Additional financial assistance came from the Montreal Social Club.) Her teachers included Dutch tenor Bernard Diamant, a teacher at Montreal’s École Vincent d’Indy and McGill University.

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